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Vote the Land Free Token & The Homestead Act

Vote the Land Free Token & The Homestead Act

Jun 14, 20217 min read
An enigma has long existed about the origin of the Vote the Land Free token. Many numismatists believed it originated from the abolitionist Free Soil Party. A new theory explores if it was issued by the National Reform Association – a slightly earlier and short-lived movement….
Fenian Brotherhood’s 1866 Token

Fenian Brotherhood’s 1866 Token

Jun 19, 20217 min read

Shortly before the American Civil War, an Irish nationalist militia was formed in the United States. Founded by Irish immigrants John O’Mahony and Michael Doheny, it was known as the Irish Republican Brotherhood. Situated as an arm of the Ireland-based Irish Republican Brotherhood, it was an organization whose goal was the re-establishment of an Irish Republic, wholly independent and sovereign…

Abolition – A Numismatic Perspective

Abolition – A Numismatic Perspective

Jun 25, 20216 min read
History clearly records that the 1860 Presidential Race was a pivotal moment for the future of the United States. The movement for the abolition of slavery was not a quick phenomena, but rather one which took decades……

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John Brown – 19th Century Abolitionist

John Brown – 19th Century Abolitionist

Jun 25, 20211 min read

Abolitionist John Brown c.1856 Born 1800 into a family with deeply religious convictions, John Brown was raised by a father who was ardently opposed to the institution of slavery. Puritans by faith, his family moved from…

The Barbary Coast Pirates & Not One Cent for Slavery

The Barbary Coast Pirates & Not One Cent for Slavery

May 22, 20211 min read

The Pirates’ Ruse Luring a Merchantman In The Olden Days, c.1896 Being relatively inexpensive to produce, 19th-Century American tokens were a common and popular way to express political opinion and ideologies. Given their diminutive size and…

New York’s 1855 Prohibitory Law & Temperance Token

New York’s 1855 Prohibitory Law & Temperance Token

May 22, 20213 min read

“The Drunkard’s Home,” Mid-19th Century Wood Engraving During the middle part of the 19th century Anti-Liquor sentiments were quite predominant in the United States. Known as the ‘Temperance Movement’, it was believed that many of the…

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The Eccles West Virginia Detonator Token

May 1, 20111 min read

Railroad Depot Eccles, West Virginia, circa early 20th…

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